What is an Implant Replacement?
Breast implant replacement surgery involves replacing a patient’s current implants for new implants. The breast implant replacement surgery is often performed to swap out older implants, increase or decrease the size of the existing implants, or replace an implant that has leaked or deflated.
Candidates for Implant Replacement
You may be a candidate for breast implant replacement surgery if:
- You are physically healthy
- You have realistic expectations
- Your breasts are fully developed
- You are no longer happy with the size of your current implants
- Your current implants have leaked or deflated
- Your current implants are old and you’d like to replace them
How Does It Work?
Implant replacement is performed by a plastic surgeon who uses either silicone or saline implants to replace your existing breast implants. During your surgical procedure, your plastic surgeon will make incisions underneath the breasts, within the armpits, and possibly around the areola in order to access the older implants. The existing implant is carefully taken from its pocket and any scar tissue is removed in preparation for the new implant. The new implant is placed underneath the pectoral muscle, which helps achieve the most natural appearance possible. After the implants have been secured, the incisions are closed.
Like with a traditional breast augmentation surgery, implant replacement results can be seen soon after the procedure, although your final results may take up to six months to appear. You’ll have several follow-up appointments to address any questions you may have during the recovery process.
The initial recovery period from an implant replacement procedure usually takes about two to three weeks and is similar to what you experienced with your first breast augmentation surgery. During the first week, you’ll need to get plenty of rest, which is why it’s usually recommended that folks take time off from work during this time. You’ll have some swelling and bruising, so be sure to avoid sleeping on your side or stomach. You should be able to return to work after the first week and get back to normal physical activity within the third or fourth week after the procedure. Heavy exercise usually can resume approximately six weeks after the procedure.
*Individual results may vary